Porterstown Rd, Castleknock,
Dublin 15, Co. Dublin
18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Rural countryside and woodland.
12km W of Dublin
From the M50 motorway west of Dublin take exit 6 (Blanchardstown / Castleknock) and follow direction Cavan. At roundabout turn left direction Castleknock. After o.3 km turn sharp left into Castleknock Rd direction Castleknock. After 1.5 km at traffic lights turn right (in front of Myos pub) direction Castleknock. After o.7 km turn right at traffic lights. After a further o.7 km bear left at traffic lights. After 1.1. km golf entrance is on your left.
Castleknock Golf & Country Club: Yet another 4-star golf course and hotel arrive in the Dublin area, and like most of the other new additions, Castleknock will not disappoint. This is an enjoyable and solid golf course, very well laid out in open, gently undulating ground, where a scattering of new tree planting is still a long way from maturing.
Big hitters will appreciate the good width fairways, but slivers of deepish rough, excellent fairway and greenside bunkering, several water hazards (some hidden in dips in the terrain) and one or two tightish holes will all need some careful course management. The greens are terrific - firm and true, with a double-green to be found across a small lake at the 9th and 18th holes - both of them, unusually, par-3's.
Castleknock is not an overly technical or fussy course (apart from the short par-4 in front of Somerton House and a severely dog-legging par-5 over water); it is, however, a really good, open layout in a very pleasant rural setting - with some distant mountain views into the bargain as well.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Castleknock Golf Course is located on lands that were part of the Somerton Demesne originally owned by Sir George Brooke. Part of the course takes you alongside Somerton House.
Porterstown Rd, Castleknock, Dublin 15.
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The Castleknock Hotel includes 138 guest bedrooms comprising 114 modern standard guest rooms, 20 executive guest rooms and 4 executive suites. All bedrooms feature cable TV, radio, complimentary Wi-Fi, inroom safe, tea and coffee hospitality tray and trouser press as standard. Each bathroom features a separate shower and bath.
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